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Eurofondy pred voľbami a po voľbách
Termín konania parlamentných volieb sa prekrýva s obdobím, kedy sa rozhoduje o budúcnosti eurofondov v ďalších siedmich rokoch. Ako túto skutočnosť vo volebných programoch zohľadňujú politické strany? Budú eurofondy po parlamentných voľbách iné ako doposiaľ? Politici, experti, ale hlavne bežní...

Orbán spísal vlastnú predstavu o politike európskych ľudovcov
Maďarský premiér, ktorého strana má u euroľudovcov pozastavené členstvo, žiada, aby sa ľudovci posunuli politicky od stredu doprava.

Modrá vlna | Otázka dôvery
Od dôvery medzi členskými štátmi Európskej únie závisí úspech európskych politík a vlastne celá jej budúcnosť.

Rodové témy: Európske iniciatívy nachádzajú obmedzenú podporu
Špecifickej situácii žien sa väčšina politických strán venuje len cez rodinné politiky, motiváciu k rodičovstvu a jeho podpore. Rodové rozdiely v odmeňovaní riešia len dve strany. Istanbulský dohovor o predchádzaní násilia na ženách sa medzi stranami stále neteší veľkej obľube, ratifikovali by ho dve strany, jedna s výhradou.

Za zlé čerpanie eurofondov dnes nikto nenesie zodpovednosť, strany to chcú zmeniť
VOĽBY 2020 | Politické strany pred štartom nového programového obdobia zdôrazňujú potrebu zjednodušiť, zefektívniť a spriehľadniť proces čerpania eurofondov. Konkrétne opatrenia, ako to chcú dosiahnuť, vo volebných programoch až na niekoľko výnimiek chýbajú.

EURACTIV Podcast | Diskusia: Európska politika povolebného Slovenska
VOĽBY 2020 | Aké sú slovenské záujmy v EÚ? Sú priority novej Európskej komisie v súlade s potrebami Slovenska? Čo treba spraviť, aby bolo Slovensko v EÚ viac počuť? Čo sa musí stať, aby bola slovenská európska politika efektívnejšia? Ktoré...

Prioritou ekodohovoru by podľa Slovákov mal byť boj proti plastom
Viac než polovica Európanov by ako prioritu Európskeho ekologického dohovoru chcela vidieť rozvoj energie z obnoviteľných zdrojov. Na Slovensku to takto vníma iba 35 percent respondentov.

Záplavy a suchá na rovnakom mieste. Európa sa na zmenu klímy musí adaptovať
Je prineskoro zabrániť všetkým negatívnym následkom klimatickej zmeny, varuje eurokomisár pre krízové riadenie. Na environmentálne projekty vyčlenila Únia 3,4 miliardy eur, na Slovensku financujú kvalitnejšie ovzdušie.

Menej peňazí pre študentský program Erasmus? Pozícia slovenskej vlády je nejasná
Kým premiér Pellegrini hovori, že škrty v centrálne riadených programoch sú príležitosťou, ako zachovať čo najväčšie eurofondy v sedemročnom rozpočte EÚ, podľa štátneho tajomníka Ružičku znižovanie prostriedkov pre študentský program Erasmus „nemôžeme pripustiť“.

Spravodlivosť a vnútro: Dohľad nad právnym štátom strany nechcú zveriť EÚ
VOĽBY 2020 | Ochota vybaviť EÚ novými nástrojmi na ochranu právneho štátu je u politických strán relatívne slabá. Žiadna dnes už ale nevystupuje proti Úradu európskeho prokurátora, viaceré by súhlasili s jeho s ďalšími kompetenciami. 

Európske noviny

Ivan Štefanec: Európa potrebuje jasnú legislatívu proti oligarchom

Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane (EĽS) Ivana Štefanca EĽS stále presadzuje prísnu legislatívu proti konfliktu záujmov v poľnohospodárstve a bude trvať na tom, aby ju Európska komisia predložila. “Prepojenie biznisu a politiky nie je nikdy dobré a osobitne je škodlivé v oblasti poľnohospodárstva, kam prúdia európske dotácie. Takíto oligarchovia krivia …

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Pellegrini: Poslanci z koalície PS/Spolu si zamenili parlament s ubytovňou pre bezdomovcov

BRATISLAVA – Poslanci z koalície Progresívne Slovensko/Spolu – občianska demokracia (PS/Spolu) si zamenili parlament s ubytovňou pre bezdomovcov. Vo videu na sociálnej sieti to povedal predseda vlády a volebný líder Smeru – sociálnej demokracie (Smeru-SD) Peter Pellegrini. Reagoval tým na šesticu poslancov z koalície PS/Spolu, ktorí druhý deň na protest proti otvoreniu schôdze blokujú rečnícky …

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Európsky parlament nesúhlasí s návrhom dlhodobého rozpočtu predsedu Európskej rady

Vyjednávací tím EP pred mimoriadnym summitom lídrov krajín EÚ 20. februára vyjadril svoj nesúhlas s návrhom dlhodobého rozpočtu EÚ, ktorý predložil predseda Európskej rady Ch. Michel. „Privítali sme pravidelný kontakt s predsedom Európskej rady Charlesom Michelom počas uplynulých týždňov. Napriek tomu však jeho návrh Viacročného finančného rámca na roky 2021-2027 výrazne zaostáva za očakávaniami Európskeho parlamentu, a teda …

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Poslanci koalície netušia, ako bude schôdza pokračovať

BRATISLAVA – Poslanci vládnej koalície Dušan Jarjabek zo Smeru – sociálnej demokracie (Smer-SD) a Tibor Bernaťák zo Slovenskej národnej strany (SNS) netušia, ako sa bude ďalej vyvíjať pokračovanie mimoriadnej schôdze parlamentu. Tá je pre protest skupiny šiestich nezaradených poslancov z koalície Progresívne Slovensko (PS)/Spolu prerušená do zajtrajšieho rána. „Teror šiestich voči Slovensku pokračuje,“ komentoval Jarjabek …

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Dlhodobý rozpočet EÚ: Čo hrozí, ak sa ho nepodarí prijať načas?

Vo štvrtok 20. februára sa v Bruseli koná summit lídrov krajín EÚ o dlhodobom rozpočte EÚ na roky 2021-2027. Ak sa im nepodarí dohodnúť, oneskorenie rozpočtu môže mať ďalekosiahle následky. Predseda Európskej rady Charles Michel zvolal na tento týždeň summit lídrov krajín EÚ. Počas neho by sa mali dohodnúť na spoločnom stanovisku k dlhodobému rozpočtu …

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Mimoriadnu schôdzu parlamentu prerušili. Danko dal vykázať opozičných poslancov, ktorí blokovali rečnícky pult

BRATISLAVA / Mimoriadnu parlamentnú schôdzu sa síce v utorok podarilo otvoriť, no nakoniec ju Andrej Danko prerušil do stredy rána, a tak sa opätovne stalo aj teraz. Opäť by sa mali stretnúť vo štvrtok ráno. Beblavý, Poliačik Mihál a ďalší poslanci PS/SPOLU totiž neprestali blokovať rečnícky pult. Poslanci Národnej rady SR by na tejto schôdzi mali …

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Európska komisia nedokáže presne monitorovať riziká vyplývajúce z používania pesticídov, upozorňujú audítori

Podľa novej správy Európskeho dvora audítorov je pokrok pri meraní a znižovaní rizík vyplývajúcich z používania pesticídov v EÚ obmedzený. Niekoľko členských štátov sa oneskorilo s úplnou transpozíciou smernice o udržateľnom používaní pesticídov, zatiaľ čo stimuly, aby poľnohospodári prijímali alternatívne metódy, sú slabé. Európska komisia okrem toho nedokáže presne monitorovať vplyvy alebo riziká vyplývajúce z …

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EÚ aktualizovala zoznam nespolupracujúcich daňových jurisdikcií

Ministri financií EÚ aktualizovali zoznam EÚ nespolupracujúcich daňových jurisdikcií. Na zoznam EÚ nespolupracujúcich daňových jurisdikcií boli zaradené štyri krajiny alebo územia – Kajmanie ostrovy, Palau, Panama a Seychely –, ktoré v stanovenej lehote nesplnili požadované normy. Pridali sa tak k ôsmim jurisdikciám – Americká Samoa, Fidži, Guam, Samoa, Omán, Trinidad a Tobago, Vanuatu a Americké …

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Rada EÚ určila svoje priority pre rozpočet na rok 2021

Rada prijala tieto závery, v ktorých stanovila svoje priority pre rozpočet EÚ na rok 2021. „1. Rada zdôrazňuje, že rozpočtový postup na rok 2021 bude prvým v novom programovom období 2021 – 2027. Z tohto hľadiska bude rozpočet zohrávať dôležitú úlohu pri stanovovaní a dosahovaní cieľov a priorít Únie. 2. Rada zdôrazňuje, že je potrebné, aby …

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Vysoký počet fajčiarov v EÚ je naďalej závažným problémom

Európska komisia uverejnila hodnotenie pravidiel EÚ o zdaňovaní tabaku (smernica Rady 2011/64/EÚ o štruktúre a sadzbách spotrebnej dane z tabakových výrobkov). V hodnotení zdôrazňuje, že zatiaľ čo súčasné pravidlá fungujú dobre, pokiaľ ide o predvídateľnosť a stabilitu fiškálnych príjmov členských štátov, pri odrádzaní od spotreby už nie sú také účinné. Zvýšenie minimálnych sadzieb EÚ za cigarety a …

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Škoda Scala vstupuje do triedy kompaktov s výbornými motormi a veľkorysým interiérom

Novinka prišla na trh podporená masívnou kampaňou, tá samotná by však nestačila. Reakcie sú veľmi priaznivé a pomerne rýchlo si získala pomenovanie český Golf. Ide o vyšší level kvality a elegancie a nový model Škoda Scala vstupuje do triedy kompaktných vozidiel s veľkoryso poňatým interiérom. Nový hatchback nahradil Rapid Scala v žiadnom prípade nie je Rapid aj keď ho …

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V sezónnom medziobdobí: teraz zažijete Prahu bez davov turistov

Na návštevu Prahy je vždy vhodný čas. To, že patrila k najvýznamnejším mestám v období gotiky, renesancie i baroka je dodnes viditeľné takmer na každom kroku. Historické jadro tvorí jednu z najkrajších ucelených pamiatkových zón v Európe. K našim susedom máme aj po osamostatnení najbližšie a kultúrna scéna na jednej i druhej strane s chuťou prezentuje všetko aktuálne za obidvomi brehmi Moravy. …

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Viac pracovných príležitostí, lepší plat a vyššia životná úroveň. Počet Slovákov žijúcich v Česku z roka na rok narastá

ČESKO/SLOVENSKO / Počet Slovákov pracujúcich v Českej republike sa za ostatných 10 rokov strojnásobil. Láka ich tam viac pracovných príležitostí, lepší plat a vyššia životná úroveň. Najviac sa uplatňujú v stavebníctve, v zdravotníctve a v priemysle. Ale aj počet Čechov pracujúcich na Slovensku sa zvýšil – no stále je ich tu neporovnateľne menej ako našincov v …

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Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová: Ak nám tragická smrť Jána Kuciaka mala odkryť nejaký hlbší zmysel, tak to bol dôkaz o tom, že pravda je nesmrteľná

Na pôde Európskeho parlamentu odhalili pamätník, na počesť zavraždeným novinárom zo Slovenska a Malty. Tri roky po vražde maltskej novinárky Daphne Caruana Galizie a dva roky po vražde slovenského investigatívneho novinára Jána Kuciaka a Martiny Kušnírovej si ich takto uctila skupina poslancov Európskeho parlamentu, predstaviteľov Európskej komisie, a to za prítomnosti ich rodičov a blízkych. Podujatie s názvom „Immortal Truth/Nesmrteľná pravda“ …

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Danko prerušil mimoriadnu schôdzu do stredy. Beblavý, Poliačik a Mihál blokovali rečnícky pult

BRATISLAVA / Mimoriadnu parlamentnú schôdzu sa podarilo otvoriť. Poslanci Národnej rady SR by mali rokovať o zavedení trinásteho dôchodku pre všetkých penzistov, zvýšení rodinných prídavkov o sto percent, zrušení diaľničných známok pre autá do 3,5 tony a o situácii okolo Istanbulského dohovoru. O uvedených zákonoch budú rozhodovať v skrátenom legislatívnom konaní. Poslanci NR SR za strany …

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EÚ dováža z najmenej rozvinutých krajín dvakrát viac ako zvyšok sveta

Vývoz do Európskej únie z rozvojových krajín, ktoré využívajú osobitné colné preferencie v rámci všeobecného systému preferencií EÚ (VSP), dosiahol v roku 2018 nový vrchol – 69 miliárd EUR. Podľa správy Európskej komisie o VSP uverejňovanej každé dva roky, ktorá bola zverejnená, sa vývoz do EÚ zo 71 krajín zvýhodnených v rámci VSP zvýšil takmer na …

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Počet žien v slovenskom parlamentne sa výrazne nezvyšuje. Uplatňujú sa najmä v komunálnej politike

BRATISLAVA – Podiel žien v slovenskom parlamente či vláde sa rokmi výrazne nezvyšuje. Kým v roku 2009 tvorili ženy v parlamente a vláde 18 percent zo všetkých poslancov a vládnych predstaviteľov, vlani sa toto číslo vyšplhalo o čosi vyššie, a to na necelých 21 percent. Informovala o tom analytička Slovenskej sporiteľne Lenka Buchláková. Európske parlamenty …

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PREHĽAD: Toto je program europarlamentu, riešiť bude najmä dlhodobý rozpočet a pitnú vodu

Poslanci Európskeho parlamentu sa budú tento týždeň okrem iného venovať kvalite pitnej vody a výzvam, ktoré so sebou prináša rozvoj umelej inteligencie. Predseda parlamentu David Sassoli vo štvrtok oficiálne predstaví stanovisko a priority parlamentu ohľadne dlhodobého rozpočtu EÚ na roky 2021-2027, o ktorom sa momentálne vedú rokovania. Návrh, o ktorom budú rokovať lídri členských krajín počas svojho summitu, …

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Európu naďalej pustoší búrka Dennis, z Nemecka hlásia deviatich zranených

Búrka Dennis, ktorá cez víkend udrela na Britské ostrovy, zasiahla v pondelok s veľkou silou aj ďalšie časti Európy vrátane Nemecka či Škandinávie. V Nemecku v pondelok pri dopravných nehodách zapríčinených popadanými stromami utrpelo zranenia až deväť ľudí. V Trippstadte, neďaleko hraníc s Francúzskom, narazil do stromu spadnutého cez cestu minibus, pričom zranenia utrpel šofér …

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Počet obetí koronavírusu v Číne stúpol na 1770. Pomôcť by mala včasná diagnostika

ČÍNA / Japonské úrady potvrdili, že na britskej výletnej lodi Dajmond Princes, ktorá kotví v Jokohame a je v karanténe sa objavilo ďalších 99 prípadov koronavírusu. Celkovo teda počet chorých stúpol na 454. Americké úrady poslali do Japonska dve lietadlá, ktoré odviezli amerických občanov. Nakazení pacienti do vlasti necestovali, zostali v opatere japonských zdravotníkov. Pre svojich …

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Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.

Ten years of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
MEPs celebrated the reforms that enhanced democracy and expanded people’s rights in the EU with Presidents Sassoli, Michel and von der Leyen.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Stop Finning – Stop the trade' initiative

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet
The von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2020 and agreed on a general approach on a crisis package for Baltic Sea fisheries. The Council also had an exchange of views on a progress report on the post-2020 CAP reform package.

Parliament backs measures to cut e-commerce VAT fraud
MEPs supported measures designed to fight e-commerce VAT evasion that would help cut some of the €137 billion lost each year across the EU to VAT fraud.

Main results of the European Council
On 12 December, EU leaders discussed climate change, the EU's long-term budget and external relations, among other issues. On 13 December, they met again to talk about the economic and monetary union and Brexit.

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade
The European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: full mobilisation of €6 billion to support refugees and local communities in need
The EU has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, confirming its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been contracted and €2.7 billion disbursed.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held debates on the economy of wellbeing and on the access to medicines in the EU. It also held debates on gender equality and the future of the EU social legislation and adopted conclusions on health and safety at work and on inclusive labour markets.

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-Africa relations and how the EU can better protect and promote human rights around the world. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on FAC's working methods.

The EU adopted €297 million in concrete actions for refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon
The European Union adopted a new €297 million assistance package to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council took stock of progress on the banking union. It also adopted a work plan on climate action and conclusions on energy taxation, money laundering, capital markets union, non-performing loans and the financial architecture for development.

The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world
The von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President's Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) Council
The Council discussed smart sector integration, the new Commission's energy policy priorities, and follow-up to the draft national energy and climate plans.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on two amending regulations, one on the taking of evidence and one on the service of documents. It also adopted conclusions on victims' rights. Ministers took note of the final report of the 8th round of mutual evaluations in the field of criminal matters, which focused on environmental crime.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its position on proposals related to rail passenger rights and trans-European transport network. It discussed digitalisation of transport and the Single European Sky.

Plenary highlights: new Commission, EU's 2020 budget, climate change
MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges
The Commission has published the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017.

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries
The European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

The European Parliament declares climate emergency
Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council agreed a general approach on the representative actions for consumers. It debated the public country-by-country reporting directive and had an exchange of views on the external dimension of the competitiveness of the EU economy.

November infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission
Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

Children's rights: combatting exploitation, forced marriage and sexual abuse
MEPs call for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)
The Council discussed the future financial architecture for sustainable development and neighbourhood, and how the EU and member states can better support the development of countries in transition, such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Development ministers also had an exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ethiopia about learning challenges in Africa.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted a resolution on culture and sustainable development and conclusions on combatting corruption in sport and held public debates on the competitiveness of creative and audio-visual industries and on good governance in sport.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of play of negotiations in the World Trade Organization, and progress in its reform process. It also took stock of the latest developments regarding trade relations between the EU and the United States.

Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans
The European Commission has presented its Opinions on euro area Member States' 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece.

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU
The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next multiannual financial framework, European Council preparations and strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also discussed the state of play on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and CAP transitional rules. It was also informed about: apiculture, imports of maize and rice, and the EU-China agreement on GIs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
The Council endorsed an agreement on the 2020 EU budget reached with the European Parliament in the conciliation committee. The budget strongly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate action and other EU priorities such as security and management of migration.

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation
The European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on Afghanistan and on the security situation in the Gulf region and Iran. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Taxation: Belize removed from EU list, North Macedonia meets commitments

Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 9 November 1989

Final green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
It will soon be easier and more profitable to trade with Singapore. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by the European Union and the Republic of Singapore on 19 October 2018 is due to enter into force on 21 November 2019, as a consequence of the decision adopted by the Council today on the conclusion of this agreement.

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical equipment. It is also being given a broader mandate to support member states' activities, especially on border control, return and cooperation with third countries. The new regulation will incorporate the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) into the European Border and Coast Guard framework, to improve its functioning.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of COP25, the UN climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. It also reached agreement on two reforms of existing VAT rules.

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high.

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China
The EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

Erasmus+: EU will invest over €3 billion in young Europeans to study or train abroad in 2020
The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. 2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe's leadership in six strategic business areas
The Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors.

Security Union: Significant progress and tangible results over past years but efforts must continue
The report presented recaps the initiatives taken by the Commission in some of the key areas of the Security Union including, the fight against terrorism, information exchange, countering radicalisation and cybersecurity, while noting that further efforts are needed, in particular on the implementation of EU security legislation.

Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports
Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50
The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

Plenary highlights: EU's 2020 budget, Syria, Sakharov Prize, bees
MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states
MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Third review welcomes progress while identifying steps for improvement
The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

EU investment budget for 2020: A boost for the climate
MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario
UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank